NEW YORK — The fashion industry is known for its willingness to mentor the next generation of creatives, so it was no surprise that Fashion Group International’s 27th Rising Star awards drew a full house to the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on Monday afternoon to anoint the most-promising emerging brands.

Past recipients have included Jason Wu, Tory Burch, Phillip Lim and Thom Browne, so the path to success for those lucky enough to take home the crystal award is well established.

This time around, FGI established categories set up by sector rather than gender, including eveningwear, ready-to-wear and active/casualwear where men’s, women’s and gender-neutral brands vied for the awards. It also introduced a new award, one for collaborations, that recognized that popular fashion category.

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